Pantai Cenang's best restaurants cater to just about any traveller; from couples looking to splurge on a romantic dinner with breathtaking sunset views, to holidaymakers who prefer a wide range of local cuisine at wallet-friendly prices. Widely known as the liveliest beach on Langkawi, Pantai Cenang’s culinary scene has expanded to include flavours to savour from various parts of the world in recent years, including Mediterranean, Italian, Indian, and French cuisine.
This beachfront stretch not only provides great variety but also tasty food with great ocean views to boot. From award-winning restaurants with plenty of romantic appeal to hippie-like cafés with an on-the-beach location, check out this guide of the best places to eat in Pantai Cenang to find one that best suits your budget and preference.
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- Mangrove Forest & Eagle Watching Tour
- Sunset Cocktail Cruise
- Half-Day Island Hopping
- Mangrove Forest & Eagle Watching
- Private Cable Car & Oriental Village Visit
- Private Half-Day Island Hopping Experience
- Helicopter Experience Over Dayang Bunting Lake
- Scenic Cruise with Lunch
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The Cliff Langkawi, set atop a cliff at the end of Pantai Cenang, is a well-loved restaurant with unbeatable views of the Andaman Sea. This iconic fine dining restaurant has an open-air indoor dining area with modern furnishings, white tablecloths, warm lighting, and classy décor. The Cliff Langkawi’s food offerings consist of authentic Malay and western dishes that are rich in flavour, with standouts including traditional slow-cooked beef (RM54), crab cannelloni (RM37), pan-seared foie gras (RM49), and lamb rack served with perchik sauce (RM75). Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 23:00
- Address: 63 & 40, Jalan Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
- Tel: +604 953 3228
Yellow Cafe Langkawi is a quirky beachfront dining venue that transforms into a cosy bar after the sun sets over Pantai Cenang. Proudly marching to its own beat, the vibrant Yellow Cafe clearly stands out for its hip and unpretentious decor, with chairs, walls and even hammocks all in varying shades of yellow. The menu focuses on affordably-priced local and western fare such as salads, croque madame (grilled ham and cheese sandwich served with fried egg), chicken wings, satay sticks, steaks, pastas and pizzas. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 – 01:00
- Address: Pantai Cenang, PO Box 121, Langkawi
- Tel: +6012 459 3190
Nest Rooftop Café Langkawi at Royal Agate Beach Resort serves a decent selection of western cuisine, salads, mocktails, and fruit juices. This halal-friendly restaurant at Pantai Cenang offers a relaxing space for locals, expats, and travellers of all ages. Fitted with recycled loungers, colourful throw pillows, and even a play area for children, patrons can enjoy an evening of relaxing music and live entertainment as well as expansive views of Pantai Cenang Beach, Andaman Sea, and Langkawi’s verdant mountain ranges. Featuring mostly western fare, its ala carte dinner menu is available from 17:00 until 23:00 – standout dishes include the New Zealand sirloin steak (RM38) and lamb steak (RM38), both served with potato wedges and garden salad. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 11:00 & 17:00 – 23:00
- Address: 5th Floor, Royal Agate Beach Resort, Jalan Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
- Tel: +6017 229 1063
Orkid Ria Seafood Restaurant, a Chinese open-air restaurant set along Jalan Pantai Cenang, is a great place to visit if you enjoy cracking open a chilli crab or enjoying some steamed tilapia. We love the fact that the kitchen brings together the best of the island’s locally grown produce (okra, bitter gourd etc.) with super fresh seafood selections to create blackboard specials that are truly inspirational. We highly recommend black pepper tiger prawns, a dish of extra-large, succulent prawns, sautéed with a tangy, spicy marinade – the meat is melt-in-your-mouth worthy and when paired with fluffy white rice, it is a hearty, comforting dish. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 23:00
- Address: 1225, Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, Langkawi
- Tel: +604 955 4128
Nam at Bon Ton Resort Langkawi
Nam at Bon Ton Resort Langkawi is an award-winning dining venue that has proven that it has a lot of staying power despite Pantai Cenang’s ever-changing dining scene. Open daily between 12:00 and 23:00, dishes here are mostly local, Mediterranean, and western dishes with Thai influences. We highly recommend its signature nyonya laksa, a spicy, rich and thick coconut gravy broth with noodles, chicken, and prawns. Perfect for sharing, the mixed grill comprises creamy chicken tikka, lamb skewered sosaties and beef kofta, served with yellow rice, spinach, and herb yoghurt. Although a bit on the pricey side, the restaurant receives a lot of repeat customers, not only for the tasty food but also because service is competent and cultivated.
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 23:00 (Restaurant) & 12:00 – 24:00 (Bar)
- Address: Bon Ton Resort Langkawi, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
- Tel: +604 955 3643
Red Tomato Restaurant
Red Tomato Restaurant Langkawi is a hip and unpretentious dining room with décor that puts us in mind of a Spanish hacienda - think, vibrant walls in shades of green, blue and orange, stained-glass pendant ceiling lamps, bird cages, cactus pots and even a bright red baby piano. Its kitchen puts out some of the best western food on the island and this is one of our favourite breakfast spots when we are on the island, with the sweet, fluffy banana pancakes deserving special mention. Regulars swear by its pizzas and pastas, with the Mediterranean penne pasta in tangy basil pesto sauce, topped with creamy feta cheese, capsicums, juicy prawns, olives and capers serving as its standout dish.
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 22:30
- Address: 5 Casa Fina Avenue, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
- Tel: +604 955 4055
Tomato Nasi Kandar Langkawi
Tomato Nasi Kandar is a spacious 24-hour mamak (Muslim-Indian) restaurant serving steamed, fragrant, flavoured rice accompanied by a variety of curries and side dishes. A long-standing stalwart on Pantai Cenang’s dining scene, food is always fresh and you can expect classic supremely tasty dishes like korma (yoghurt, coconut milk and herbs) curry, curried cubed beef, lamb, fried fish, chicken, okra and bitter gourd. Where you sit depends on your preference – if you are partial to air conditioning with your meal, we suggest the indoor dining room, but if you would like to enjoy the island breeze there is an al fresco seating area.
- Opening Hours: Daily 24 hours
- Location: Jalan Pantai Cenang, Langkawi (opposite Langkawi Boutique Hotel)
La Sal at Casa Del Mar
La Sal at Casa del Mar Langkawi is fine dining restaurant on Pantai Cenang where you will find local food inspired by Mediterranean flavours and the local catch. What’s more, the restaurant also deserves high praise for its attentive service – although they are not too knowledgeable about wine selections, wait staff members more than make up for it with their cheerful, efficient service. Food-wise, we recommend the tangy, spicy barbecued tandoori chicken skewers – the meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender and succulent: paired with the fluffy, buttery naan bread, this dish is certainly comforting and makes a visit here worthwhile.
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00
- Location: Casa del Mar, Mukim Kedawang, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
- Tel: +604 955 2388
Burgersmith Langkawi offers juicy burgers with a variety of toppings and sides, as well as creamy milkshakes for when you’re craving some comfort food during your holiday in Langkawi. Open daily, this open-air joint is located in Cenang Mall, just a few minutes away from the bustling Pantai Cenang Beach. Priced at RM18 upwards, diners can customise their burgers according to their preference, including type of patties (chicken, beef, and vegetarian), buns (brioche, whole wheat, and sourdough), and cheese (cheddar, blue cheese, mozzarella, and Swiss). For something sweet, we highly recommend the ice cream burger, which combines burger buns, a scoop of homemade ice cream, and churros drizzled with syrup.
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 22:30
- Address: CMD1 Cenang Mall, Lot 2605, Jalan Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, Langkawi
- Tel: +6011 3324 8079
Papadam Ria Indian Restaurant
Pappadam Ria Indian Restaurant sure know how to prepare Indian food in a way that both satisfies and caters to a wide range of food preferences. Taking pride in delivering the authentic experience, they focus on North and South Indian region dishes, so whether you are craving a creamy curry, spicy, vegetable-filled samosa or outstanding vegetarian options, you are sure to be satisfied. A favourite among Langkawi locals, we recommend the dry kadai chicken (chicken chunks with piquant capsicums and spices), and Mysore rogan josh (a red curry dish with braised mutton slices, flavoured with onions, yoghurt, garlic, ginger and spices).
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 23:30
- Address: 1, Lot 1556, Jalan Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
- Tel: +604 955 7775